Red Rider Neruda
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- Released: June 30, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Emi Import
- 1.Can't Turn Back
- 2.Crack the Sky (Breakaway)
- 3.Human Race
- 4.Light in the Tunnel
- 5.Light In The Tunnel / Human Race
- 6.Lunatic Fringe
- 7.Napoleon Sheds His Skin
- 8.Power (Strength in Numbers)
- 9.Sights on You
- 10.Walking the Fine Line
- 11.White Hot
- 12.Winner Take All
- 13.Work Out
Personnel: Ken Greer, Tom Cochrane (vocals, guitar); Jeff Jones (vocals, bass guitar); Steve Sexton (piano, synthesizer, programming); Rob Baker (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Tickle; Fraser Hill.
Recording information: Capitol Records, L.A., CA; The Sound Castle.
Photographer: Deborah Samuel.
Arrangers: Ken Greer; Tom Cochrane.
The CD issue of Canadian band Red Rider's second release adds three bonus tracks, including their breakthrough U.S. radio hit, "Lunatic Fringe." The moody, paranoid track, with it's insistent guitar riff, has become a staple at AOR stations and is the best thing on Neruda, but there are also other cuts that help this meat-and-potatoes quintet led by Tom Cochrane rise above many similar acts. The muscular "Power (Strength in Numbers)" explores mob mentality, and is marred only by the presence of early-'80s keyboards, while "Human Race" features a rapid heartbeat melody and a simple, empty guitar line that adds to the lonely yet resilient tone of Cochrane's lyrics. Neruda, while no major musical statement, is still an enjoyable, melodic album, chock full of Red Rider's blend of AOR crunch and new wave texture. ~ Tom Demalon